Latest 1M Spyshots (Including First Interior Photos)

Our friends at 1addicts just posted a few photos from the 1M sneak peak BMW gave last week that not only give us a great view of the car, but allow us to look inside for the first time. A few things to note inside:

  • If the RPM gauge is correct, expect a 7,000 rpm for the twin turbo inline six (the 135i is 6,800)
  • Speaking of dials, they ‘re two-tone, grey and similar to previous M3s
  • M3 Seats! (or very very similar)
  • What looks like a E46 ZHP shift knob
  • One button on the steering wheel is covered in tape – we believe this is the “M ” button and allows for the tailoring of the driving dynamics similar to the M3

On the exterior we can see:

  • A real LSD (specifically this is the M3 differential)
  • M3 brakes (as opposed to the 6 piston variety on the 135i)
  • Quad exhaust similar in shape to the E46 M3
  • Wheels (on this prototype) are a full 19 ”
  • Tires seem to be taken straight from the M3; 245/35/19F and 265/35/19R

You can see all the photos at 1addicts.

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  • Micah

    I know it’s a long shot, but an option for a lightweight manually adjustable non-leather, non-power, non-heated seat would be great!

  • Eliot

    The M button is a little bit of a misfit if you ask me, especially since there seems to be no controls outside of iDrive for the electronic dampers and throttle that would normally accompany a car using an M button. I suppose all those settings would get dumped into iDrive, but that sort of defeats the purpose of having features that can changed easily and quickly.

  • Mark

    Micah – that’s actually not a longshot at all. Such a seat will be standard on the M3 as of September 2010, so it will not be a stretch for the 1M to feature it as well. However, frustratingly, you probably won’t be able to spec certain additional packages (if such packages will be indeed be offered as they usually are) that happen to be the sole way to get some other content that you do want, without automaticaly being upgraded to more feature-laiden seats. Yep, I’m looking at you, ZPP.

    Elliot – The M3 does have console buttons for EDC, DSC, and “Power”, but lacks the equivalent for the steering adjustment. Furthermore, the DSC button does not allow the choice of the MDM setting, and the “Power” button does not allow the choice for the Sport-Plus setting. Instead, those can only be set via the IDrive MDrive configuration and can only be activated via the M button. In other words, even the M3 features spotty coverage as far as being able to set the car any way you want via console buttons. At least with the 1M it appears it will be consistent – all settings are done via a GUI interface (be it IDrive, if equipped, and hopefully, the dash computer if not).

  • Micah

    That’s excellent news! Thanks for the info Michael. Will be my spec for sure. Might you have a url that references these seats?

  • Micah

    Meant to say “Thanks for info Mark” above.

  • Eliot

    On another note, I read from another source (Leftlanenews.com) that the 1 M Coupe may not be coming to America. At the very least, there seems to be no official indication from BMWNA that this new 1er is in our future. Any hope to provide us?

  • On another note, I read from another source (Leftlanenews.com) that the 1 M Coupe may not be coming to America. At the very least, there seems to be no official indication from BMWNA that this new 1er is in our future. Any hope to provide us?

    That is why you should read sites like leftlanenews with some caveats. Yes the car is coming to the US.

  • JonPD

    Great looking interior from what I can see so far.

    Think BMW has the lead on a great car here. Can’t wait to park a Alpine White 1M where my much loved GP currently parks. That is unless I determine that I really can’t part with the GP, then they will have to learn to live with each other.

    In my small world view. The best MINI and best BMW would be a great thing.

  • lava

    M3 exhaust? Does that make any sense that an exhaust from an NA V8 would be right for a TC I6?

  • Eliot
    M3 exhaust? Does that make any sense that an exhaust from an NA V8 would be right for a TC I6?

    Remember, you’ve got to take some of what these sites say with some caveats….

  • It was in reference to the E46 exhaust of course. Assumed it was obvious but since there was confusion I altered the wording.

  • Mark

    Micah, I don’t know the rules about posting links to bimmerfile competitors but check the M3Post general forum “September changes” thread. It’s a very active thread, and near the top of the list.

  • Link away – no rules unless it’s obscene.

  • lava
    It was in reference to the E46 exhaust of course.

    Ok, that makes sense for the parts bin approach.

  • Micah

    Here is the description from BMW’s PDF:

    “Manual M Sport Seats: On the M3 Coupe and M3 Sedan the manual M Sport Seats offer the same adjustments as the previous seats but operated manually which saves weight and expense for customers who do not require power seats. Lumber support and seatback side bolters remain electrically adjustable.”

    Interesting too it mentions another non-metallic color choice for the M3: mineral white. I’m also hoping the 1M will come with a couple non-metallic choices that are actual colors beyond white, grey, and black.

  • JonPD

    I personally am still pulling for Inka Orange, maybe to keep it separate from the GTS though the could do it in a flat Inka Orange. In a moments notice I would be all over that.

    Still keep hoping to see the potential GTS-R though, although I give up any hope on that coming to the states if its produced. Which is still funny since I believe that ///M sells more cars here than anywhere else.

  • Que

    Now the question, is this fast than the current M3 (coupe, sedan) or slower? I am sure it is faster than the convertible. Comparing 6 spd manual cars only, the DCT I am sure is faster.

  • Bimmer1

    Yeah, but my fully loaded 135i M sport with Dinan stage II software will still blow this car away. Yes, diff, styling, etc. I know if all better. But I’m already extremely dissappointed in this car and it’s not even out yet. Power should be way north of what it is. It should be 375hp and tq. at a minimum. I don’t know why they are so worried about stepping on the M3’s toes when the M3 is going to go through a full redesign for MY2012 anyways. A car that’s been around for 4-5 years should be obsolete to one coming out today. That’s basically what I’m saying. A company should not dumb down a new product as to not interfere with a few 4-5 year old products sales at most.